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  1. Hi everyone! Just wanted to ask if anyone knows of any funded MA degrees other than Villanova. I think the Georgetown program is no longer funded.
  2. I know the DGS is probably under a lot of pressure lately, however I've noticed that the programs i was accepted to have stayed in contact while those I'm waitlisted at are completely silent towards any emails. I don't think it's rude to email if you really need answer, but i don't think that a string of emails is going to motivate them to answer if they don't want to or don't have time to. And i don't know if people on the waitlist only ever hear back if they get accepted, but i don't believe they'll send rejection letters either. I guess from my experience, the university will probably be more concerned with trying to convince the students they've already accepted take the offer rather than waist that energy on the waitlist.
  3. Just wanted to say congratulations to everyone on here. But I'm going to leave the forum because it's creating a lot of negativity in my life that I can't deal with currently. My country has been in absolute chaos for the past 3 months and much of our income has been cut in half when we were already struggling, I'm also still mourning the recent death of a family member, and a break-up after my first long-term relationship while attempting to convince myself to write the 75% of the thesis I have left towrite and defend before April. And I can't go through all of that while simultaneously putting myself down for not getting into one of the tougher schools I applied to. This isn't to say that it's anyone's fault or anything cause everyone here has been great and supportive, and it's been relieving going through the process with people who can relate. However, I have a tendency to compare myself a lot to people and put myself down. I decided to pursue a PhD September of 2019 which was pretty late for me, but this wasn't anything I was ever encouraged to do or got any support from my family after deciding to leave. And I was convinced I wouldn't get accepted anywhere. I didn't care about which school I got into as long as I had the chance to continue my studies and research. But being on here has changed that. It's made me feel like the emotional, cultural, and financial struggles I'll have to face by moving to the States by myself won't be worth it unless I get into a top 10 or 20 school cause then the chances of employment decrease as well. And these rejections are increasingly affecting the view I have of myself and my self-worth. Especially when so many of us share which universities we've applied/gotten accepted/ rejected from in our signatures. It's supposed to bring us together, but it just made me feel like I was losing a competition I didn't sign up for. I know this is a hard process and that hundreds apply, but I can't keep comparing myself to everyone getting into top 3 schools. Especially since when I get pulled out of my head and into real life I realize how fortunate I am compared to everyone else in my country. And I am well aware that everyone has their own problems, and everyone's problems are worth being sad and hurt about. But I can't pretend like it doesn't bother me that some people have to worry about booking flights when I haven't been able to afford my antidepressants for a month. And I'm not saying anyone's problems are any less important than others', just that I'm not in a good enough head space that I can stay in the community. And again, this is a problem that I have to deal with and has nothing to do with the forum or anyone on here. I still wish everyone the best of luck throughout this process, and whether you're facing a shutout or anxious over the choices you have to make, just try to keep yourselves healthy. It's been a great trip! P.S. Also having to wait hours and sometimes entire days for my posts to actually get posted has made me feel really left out. Not sure why this was happening to me, but this specific post I published at 9 pm GMT. Let's see how long it takes. Maybe the only thing GC needs to work on. And for anyone questioning how I applied to so many universities while going through a financial crisis: I was offered fee waivers.
  4. Does anyone know which programs are more probable to give out moving funds?
  5. I emailed them last week and they said they're still evaluating and didn't give me an approximate date for decisions.
  6. No problem at all. My POI was actually Sari Altschuler, but she's on leave this semster cause she's a visiting lecturer somewhere else. So I actually had my interview with Theo Davis and just now finished my second interview with Erika Boeckeler. They were both great, and it was very easy talking to them. Even though Professor Boeckeler is a Renaissance/RhetComp scholar she was interested with my take on the Bakhtinian grotesque in disability studies and southern literature. And I might take you up on that offer if I end up getting an acceptance!
  7. I get you! I'm just home all the time cause I feel too guilty to go out cause I have to finish my thesis, but being home means that I'm just in front of my email, GradCafe and university portals all day. I don't think even having a final decision is gonna make me be completely devoted to my thesis cause then I'll have the visa and moving process to figure out. But somehow I also have to finish this cause I'm not going anywhere if my thesis doesn't pass! *cries inaudibly while refreshing email*
  8. My first interview with Northeastern went so well, it was more like a conversation with a friend than an interview. And it looks like such a great fit for me, I don't think I can wait till next week to hear back on final decisions.
  9. Yes, I second this please. As an international student, I have no clue how to figure out taxes in the States.Actually since I'm still a student, I still haven't had to deal with taxes to begin with so if anyone knows how to deals with this or has dealt with it could you possibly please give us some basic pointers? Or maybe a helpful youtube video or something. I'll take anything, really...
  10. Yup, same. I'm just trying to convince myself that if we didn't get a generic rejection letter than hopefully we're still in the running. Also, I imagine that there aren't as many applicants to Brandeis than like say Chicago, and not everyone who gets a decision reports it on GradCafe.
  11. I believe it might depend on your field of study. If everyone receiving an interview has the same research interests (such as medieval literature) then the committee might not be choosing all interviewees. However, if the interviewees are from a variety of fields then I believe your chances of getting accepted would increase.
  12. I'm really sorry about this. And I know how much it might hurt, especially when one is constantly trying to hope and hold out for good news. And amid everyone receiving different decisions every day it's difficult to remember the impact this can have on your mental health and sense of self and to keep yourself afloat. I went into a horrible downward spiral because of this a couple of weeks ago especially at a time when my mental health wasn't at its best. And the only thing to remember is that the admissions process is not a reaction to you as a person nor to you as a scholar. It feels more like a game of chess than anything else, and filling out the applications is like walking on numerous tight lines at the same time so as to hit all the notes that the committee might be looking for. Just keep your head up, and if you ever need to talk please feel free to message me (this offer is open to anyone who is having trouble through this application cycle, no matter what your decisions might have been, it's okay to feel hurt).
  13. Good luck to everybody waiting on decisions this week!
  14. I've been expecting a rejection ever since decisions started coming out, especially since someone on the board who got accepted mentioned that their research is in disability studies which is the same as mine. It would still be a huge disappointment though since it's one of my top schools.
  15. This is honestly going to be one of my biggest dilemmas, especially since I'll be moving to the States from Lebanon, and have 400+ books. And I've already asked about the cost to ship all of them, and that is not something I can afford while settling in...
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